Restorative practice and choosing respect
How can restorative practice help teachers and pupils to choose a respectful, considered approach to conflict resolution and anti-bullying? ABA partner, Restorative Thinking, have written this resource to help schools.
"Say sorry you two. Right, off you go."
How often do you, or those around you, step in to resolve disputes between pupils this way? It’s a quick, easy fix for school staff, especially when we have a number of other things that need our immediate attention, or we are rushing to deliver a lesson. So how well does this response respectfully resolve an incident and how likely is it that there will be a repeat incident following this kind of closure?
Restorative practice encompasses a suite of principles and skills that guide the way we act in all our dealings. When teachers model these principles and skills at school, pupils pick them up; when restorative practice becomes a whole school approach, the school culture creates an environment in which pupils (and teachers) learn to reach a shared understanding and/or to respectfully disagree.
You can find a link to short tool for schools about how restorative approaches can support schools to resolve conflict and bullying effectively.